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Old 04-02-2011, 12:30 AM   #11
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My cbs was evil, got rid of it.
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Old 04-02-2011, 05:57 AM   #12
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The third one I bought was evil, but he quickly endeared himself to my wife, who found him spunky and always up to some funny adventure.

That third CBS lost more legs than we care to remember. His curiousity got the better of him once, he walked right into an anemone we just introduced to the DT and somehow survived, he lost most of his legs and both claws, but it all grew back in 2 weeks. But until then he was using his tail to get around the tank and it was sad and funny at the same time watching him. We called him our handicap shrimp.

He once hid inside a LR that was removed from the DT during a major ordeal of capturing all the fish, somehow he survived in the bottom of a bucket for over 12 hours, he's also the smallest of the trio of the CBS but seems to bully the larger male and stole the larger male's mate.

He's a small little thing but with tons of character. He used to corner the other male in the tank and keep him floating up all day. We'd be watching the larger male kicking his tail trying to stay high near the surface and the little bully just standing on the substrate watching him and waiting for him to come down. We'd bully the bully ourselves with a stick to push him to leave the other shrimp alone.

He was upsetting the tranquility of the DT but he was very difficult to capture so we kept him. Like I said, his adventures and naughty character endeared him to my wife, who's a bit of a trouble maker herself. They are nice to have in a DT. I still recommend a mated pair or a single CBS in a DT of any size.

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Old 04-02-2011, 01:21 PM   #13
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Old 04-02-2011, 01:23 PM   #14
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Hey Mikey!
How big is he? Did you catch him on the move or does he like to hang out upside down like that?
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Old 04-02-2011, 01:26 PM   #15
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I don't even know how to measure him. I bet he's 4 1/2 inches long. He spends about half of his time upside down.
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Mine likes to hang upside down in his cave. He only goes wondering when the moon lights are on
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Old 04-02-2011, 01:56 PM   #17
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I have the yellow coral banded shrimp with the blue legs, they stay small. I would recommend either the yellow or the gold one, you can find them both on liveaquaria for more info and they both stay small which would be better for your 20 gallon tank. I here the larger ones can get aggressive and catch the fish sometimes. Mine stays in the back of the tank during the day and comes out at night, i can still see him if i peer through though.
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Thanks for the tip, I just sent a message to my LFS to see if they can get one for me. I haven't ordered any SW livestock online yet, except for LR.
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yes like said before they can go after small fish when large. Also you said u werent sure why your arrow crab died so quick, its most likely because he was near then end of his life which is only about a year. unfortunate
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Oh wow, I didn't realize they had such a short life span, how long do they last in the wild?
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